Mark Schmidt's Abode

On Programming, Writing, Gaming, Fitness, Life

Random Number Generation using XSLT

Just whipped this up real quick since I needed for something and thought I’d share. If you’re using...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 04/20/2009

The Watchmen

Note: It doesn't have to look, smell, feel, taste like Spiderman to be a great superhero movie. If...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 03/09/2009

Interested in XSLT?

So I'm back to doing some XSLT work now. I did quite a bit during my work at HP and absolutely love...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 06/19/2008

Skydrive, I Can Haz More Space?

Skydrive yesterday... Skydrive today... Find out more about the new Skydrive release (note, no beta...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 02/21/2008

Visual Studio Tip : AutoFormat Your Code

Has this ever happened to you? You find some code on the Net so you copy and paste it into a source...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 01/10/2008

Embedding Screensaver's in a Windows Form

Awhile ago I created the screensaver Vista Sidebar gadget and promised I would put some code up. As...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 12/18/2007

Next "For Fun" Project

For those that follow my crazy forays into stuff that I think is just plain cool, I have begun yet...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 12/12/2007

A Christmas Card for my Readers

Most people have seen it at least once in their life. In my family, the picture below is referenced...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 12/07/2007

Check Out Community Credit

I also run a personal blog which I use to post about things that I don't think fall under the realm...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 12/06/2007

Good Luck at State Skyline Spartans!

My son's high school (and eventually other 3 kids' high school) is playing in the AAA state football...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 11/30/2007

C# WebCam User Control Source

Some people have asked if they could take a look at the source for the WebCam Vista Sidebar gadget....

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 11/19/2007

NHL Schedule Importer for Outlook Updated

Ok, I've added the ability to fine tune the screen scraping. Sometimes the page I'm scraping changes...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 11/07/2007

Want your question answered quick?

Today, Microsoft announced the new Windows Live Messenger IM Control and Presence API. This is just...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 11/07/2007

Chat with me

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 11/07/2007

Updated NHL Schedule Outlook Importer

The nhl.com web page changed and since my app is a screen scraper, it broke. Here's the current...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 10/03/2007

New & Improved NHL Schedule Importer for Outlook

EDIT Looks like the nhl.com scheduling page has changed thus breaking my importer. I'm working on...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 09/27/2007

Working on new NHL Schedule Outlook Importer

I decided to revamp my NHL Schedule Outlook Importer application. By revamp, I mean start over...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 09/25/2007

Master Chief and my Son

So I attended the launch party at Best Buy in Bellevue. I decided to bring my 15 year old son along...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 09/25/2007

Use for the WebCam Sidebar Gadget

Someone asked "Why would I want a WebCam Sidebar Gadget to display my webcam in realtime"? Good...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 09/21/2007

.NET Sidebar Gadget Creator Tutorial 1

Here's the first of what I hope is a few more tutorials. This is pretty much introductory and...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 08/23/2007

Announcing the WebCam Vista Sidebar Gadget

I wanted some more proof that my .NET Sidebar Gadget Creator works so I started a new .NET based...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 08/14/2007

.NET Sidebar Gadget Creator 2.0 Release

Ok, I finally worked out most of the bugs (I hope). I'll post the link and follow up with some...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 08/09/2007

.NET Sidebar Gadget Creator Update #2

I had quite the breakthrough today. First off, I totally rewrote major portions of the .NET Sidebar...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 08/01/2007

Hosting .NET Runtime in C++ Tip o' the day or "Where is IAppDomainSetup?"

Are you hosting the .NET runtime and trying to create another AppDomain? Notice that you need to...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 07/31/2007

.NET Sidebar Gadget Creator Update

OK, ran into some problems with UAC on Vista and hopefully I have it solved. I've uploaded a new...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 07/24/2007

Creating .NET Sidebar Gadgets...The Easy Way

So you want to create a Vista Sidebar gadget and you want to use .NET to do so. While it is...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 07/17/2007

Fourth of July Vista Sidebar

I found a screensaver that plays nicely with my Vista ScreenSaver Sidebar gadget. Just in time for...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 07/03/2007

.NET based Sidebar gadget problem solved!

Ok, I just ran a test with some new code that creates an .NETbased sidebar gadget and I was able to...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 06/26/2007

ScreenSaver Gadger hits 20000 downloads

It's a milestone. My ScreenSaver Vista Sidebar gadget has hit 20000 downloads. Some people have...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 06/26/2007

Goodbye WF...My New Role

You read right, I am leaving the WF team. I have been a WF Programmer Writer (documentation guy) for...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 03/12/2007

My St. Patrick's Day Dash Results and Healthier Lifestyle Update

I, like many other people in the Seattle area, ran the St. Patrick's Day Dash yesterday. For those...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 03/12/2007

My Screen Saver Vista Sidebar Gadget

For some reason, I'm drawn to creating things that are just cool while not altogether useful (see my...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 02/28/2007

Stop Motion Animation using Windows Movie Maker

So I got bored a few nights ago and decided to see if I can do some stop motion animation using my...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 01/26/2007

WFPad for Windows Workflow Foundation RTM

Since a few people have asked, I updated the source for WFPad to work with the latest and greatest...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 01/23/2007

WPF Post-it Board source updated

Ok, first off let me say that I really really don't try to just create a blog entry that simply...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 10/05/2006

Windows workflow foundation animated activity designer source

As I mentioned in my last post, I have uploaded the Animated Activity Designer for use in your own...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 09/22/2006

Windows Workflow Animated Activity Designer

Keeping in line with Mark Schmidt tradition, I present to you a little teaser. I will be posting the...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 09/20/2006

Saving WF Designer layout information

So you created a fancy new application and it hosts the WF designer. It's all looking good and when...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 08/09/2006

Programmatically add an activity to the WF designer

Here's a quick code snippet o' the day. If you're hosting the WF designer in an application and want...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 08/09/2006

Vista flavored Talking Rain

Just saw that we now have Vista flavored Talking Rain in the pop coolers (err, soda for you...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 06/15/2006

I'm not half the man I used to be...

I'm about 3/4 what I used to be. I recently finished the 20/20 weight management program of which...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 06/05/2006

WFPad for Windows Workflow Foundation Beta 2 is here!

Back by popular demand, I now release the Beta 2 version of WFPad. However, it's not a simple port...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 03/02/2006

WFPad Beta 2 is coming tomorrow

I've been getting quite a few emails/comments about WFPad and it's state for Beta 2. Here's a teaser...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 03/01/2006

Windows Workflow Foundation Beta 2 is here!

I won't blab much, but Beta 2 is here and it's hot. Once again, I worked in the doc's with primary...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 01/18/2006

Follow up to interview question

My first interview question was pretty successful. The one that was closest to my solution was Paul...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 10/07/2005

WFPad - Viewing/Editing Workflow's in XML

Note: This posting is for Beta 1 of Windows Workflow Foundation. For an updated Beta 2 build, please...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 10/06/2005

I'm sorry. No comments notification

I always assumed that my blog was low on the radar since I never receive comments. The way it's...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 10/06/2005

Find me at the Business Process Integration & Workflow Conference (prize)

UPDATE: Day 3. I did not attend yesterday due to health issues but I will be there today starting at...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 10/04/2005

Viewing a Workflow's Definition in Xoml

I attended a "get to know your son's/daughter's teacher" event last night for my son's new school...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 09/28/2005

Import entire NHL or single team schedules into Outlook

If you just want to do it, click here otherwise, read on.Yes, hockey has finally returned. October...

Author: Mark Schmidt-MSFT Date: 09/27/2005

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